Punjab Research Group

Punjab: Colonial discourse and beyond by Amandeep Singh

Posted in Articles by Pippa on February 10, 2012

Punjab: Colonial discourse and beyond

Many times there has been an interesting question that is raised in academic circles, “How did the miniscule population from Europe, not only controlled, but also ruled, over the greater majority of their colonies?”

One reason that scholars have pointed out is that beyond the military and political control, the rule of the European imperialist countries extended and penetrated deep into the psyche of a common man in their colonies, making him accept the superiority of ‘value’ system of Europe over its native tradition. More than its legal authority, the control of Europe and so called ‘West’, extended to enslave the minds of their colonial population. Beyond providing a political and economic governance, European interaction with their colonies in east brought about a fresh wave of meanings to society and culture that influenced their native language, music, art, religion, education, law, justice, economic system, architecture, medicine, technology and traditional value system. For executing Divide and Rule, it is important to first divide the psyche of a common man. Division is nothing but a subjective phenomenon that creates smaller independent units from a larger group. In order to create independent smaller units, it is important to construct some kind of boundaries of each unit and identify a relationship within the unit and that can be used as a symbol of ‘identity’ of that unit. The persuasions used for creation of these boundaries included, race-caste, language, religious group, geographical location etc. Each smaller unit carries a psyche of common connection within a group and comparison with other different groups and that becomes central nervous system of ‘Division’.

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